♦ C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Vol. 12, Issue 1, Feb. 14, 2011, www.med.umich.edu/mott/npch/pdf/02142011report.pdf.

A survey of 349 parents with children ages 6 months to 2 years showed that 61% gave their child an over-the-counter (OTC) cough or cold medication within the past year, even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that these products not be used in infants and children under 2.

In 2008, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning that OTC cough and cold products could cause serious and potentially life-threatening side effects in young children. The advisory prompted a voluntary recall of products marketed to children under 2.

To determine if parents are heeding the FDA’s warning, researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of parents in January 2011. Parents were asked when was the last time they gave their child an OTC medicine for cough, cold or flu...

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